THE BORNEO POST – The state government has proposed that Ulu Sungai Menyang be gazetted as a new national park in view of recent sightings of around 200 Bornean orangutans (sub species pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus) in the area.

Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan disclosed that a comprehensive nest survey under the Sarawak’s Heart of Borneo (HOB) Initiative has been conducted to determine the existence of the orangutans within the 14,000ha Menyang landscape.

Upon confirmation that the area had a globally significant population of the rare sub-species of orangutan, Awang Tengah pointed out that the state government officially indicated the need to protect the area, which is also located close to Batang Ai National Park, for the conservation of orangutans due to its current status as a High Conservation Value Forest (HVCF) as well as a globally significant orangutan site.

The pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus sub-species is listed as the most severely threatened sub-species worldwide with a total population between 3,000 and 4,500, of which 2,000 live in Sarawak at Batang Ai National Park and Lanjak-Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary.